Artists at Montmartre
Until the 19th century Montmartre
hill had a rural atmosphere with a number of windmills for grinding
grain, vineyards, and gardens. It had a reputation for rough colorful
life and dangerous taverns. During the reign of Napoleon III,
the area took on its present look and held it's attraction for
marginal members of society, bohemians, students, visitors from
the rest of Paris, slumming aristocrats, and bourgeois tourists.
The views from the butte are superb in all directions, especially
south toward the River and radiating City.
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